Cailee Spaeny

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Cailee Spaeny
Cailee Spaeny, 2018 (cropped).jpg
Spaeny in 2018
Born (1998-07-24) July 24, 1998 (age 24)[1]
Years active2016–present

Cailee Spaeny (/ˈkli ˈspni/;[2] born July 24, 1998) is an American actress.[3] Her first major role was in the science fiction action film Pacific Rim Uprising (2018), which was followed by appearances in Bad Times at the El Royale, On the Basis of Sex, and Vice the same year. She also portrayed the lead of the supernatural horror film The Craft: Legacy (2020). On television, Spaeny was a series regular on the FX science fiction thriller Devs (2020) and the HBO crime drama Mare of Easttown (2021).

Early life and education[edit]

Spaeny was born in Springfield, Missouri. Growing up, she spent a large amount of time in the Springfield Little Theatre group, in concert with which she participated in many plays.[4] In the 2014–2015 season, she landed the lead role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.[5][6]


Her debut film role was as Erica in the 2016 short film Counting to 1000. In 2018, she played several major film roles, starring in Steven S. DeKnight's science fiction monster adventure Pacific Rim Uprising, alongside John Boyega and Scott Eastwood; Drew Goddard's thriller Bad Times at the El Royale;[7][8][9] and the biographical dramas On the Basis of Sex and Vice.[10]

She next appeared in the main cast of the FX miniseries Devs and starred in the film The Craft: Legacy, both in 2020.[11]

In 2021, she appeared in the HBO limited series Mare of Easttown, a murder mystery, starring Kate Winslet.[12] In September 2022, Spaeny was cast as Priscilla Presley in Sofia Coppola's upcoming film Priscilla alongside Jacob Elordi as Elvis Presley.[13] She was also a top choice to star in the Untitled Alien film for 20th Century Studios.[14]



Year Title Role Notes
2018 Pacific Rim Uprising Amara Namani
Bad Times at the El Royale Rose Summerspring
On the Basis of Sex Jane Ginsburg
Vice Lynne Cheney (young)
2020 The Craft: Legacy Lily Schechner
2021 How It Ends Little Liza
TBA Priscilla Priscilla Presley Post-production
TBA Civil War Post-production
TBA Untitled Alien film Filming[15]


Year Title Role Notes
2020 Devs Lyndon Miniseries
2021 Mare of Easttown Erin McMenamin Miniseries
2022 The First Lady Anna Roosevelt Halsted Recurring role[16]

Music videos[edit]

Year Band Song Notes
2019 The All-American Rejects "Send Her to Heaven"


  1. ^ Ford-Palmer, Sophia. "Glass interviews up-and-coming American actor Cailee Spaeny – The Glass Magazine".
  2. ^ "Pacific Rim Uprising Cast Answer 50 of the Most Googled Kaiju Questions". Wired. March 22, 2018 – via YouTube.
  3. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (April 11, 2017). "WME Signs 'Pacific Rim 2' Actress Cailee Spaeny". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 22, 2017.
  4. ^ Houghton, Jeff (April 2018). "Cailee Spaeny's Journey from Springfield Little Theatre to Pacific Rim: Uprising". 417 Magazine. No. April 2018. Archived from the original on May 17, 2022.
  5. ^ Collins, Larry T. (April 11, 2015). "The yellow brick road comes to Landers: A review of 'The Wizard of Oz'". Springfield News-Leader. p. 3A.
  6. ^ "The Wizard of Oz | Springfield Little Theatre". Springfield Little Theatre. Archived from the original on April 4, 2015. Retrieved November 16, 2022.
  7. ^ Kroll, Justin (September 15, 2016). "Newcomer Cailee Spaeny Lands Female Lead in 'Pacific Rim 2'". Variety. Retrieved November 22, 2017.
  8. ^ White, James (September 15, 2016). "Pacific Rim sequel adds Cailee Spaeny". Empire. Retrieved November 22, 2017.
  9. ^ "Cailee Spaeny Cast as Female Lead in Pacific Rim Sequel". September 15, 2016. Retrieved November 22, 2017.
  10. ^ Kit, Borys (September 15, 2016). "Drew Goddard's 'Bad Times at the El Royale' Adds Newcomer Cailee Spaeny". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 22, 2017.
  11. ^ Galuppo, Mia (June 21, 2019). "'The Craft' Reboot Finds Lead With Cailee Spaeny (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  12. ^ Romano, Nick (February 17, 2021). "Kate Winslet gets her prestige murder mystery drama in HBO's Mare of Easttown trailer". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 19, 2021.
  13. ^ Jackson, Angelique (September 12, 2022). "Jacob Elordi to Play Elvis, Cailee Spaeny Is Priscilla Presley in Sofia Coppola's Film 'Priscilla'". Variety. Retrieved October 6, 2022.
  14. ^ Kroll, Justin (November 16, 2022). "Cailee Spaeny Circling New Alien Movie At 20th Century And Scott Free". Deadline Hollywood.
  15. ^ Kit, Borys (March 3, 2023). "Fede Alvarez's Alien Movie Rounds Out Cast (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on March 3, 2023. Retrieved March 3, 2023.
  16. ^ Petski, Denise (July 23, 2021). "'The First Lady': Ellen Burstyn, Eliza Scanlen, Cailee Spaeny To Recur On Showtime Anthology Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 27, 2021.

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